For those people who like two-track tractors but always thought the ride could be a little better, good news: John Deere agrees with you and is making the cab suspension more operator friendly on its new two-track tractors.
RealAgriculture had a chance to talk to Tiffany Turner, product marketing manager, large tractors, for John Deer, at the Farm progress show at Boone, Iowa. In the video below, Turner highlights some of the improvements in the 2019 8RT Series tractors. “It has the support features that are going to allow for you to flow in that machine: allow for either those transport (trips) or those rough fields,” she says.
Wheel tractors maneuver quite differently than two-track tractors. Turner says the new 8RT tractors have improvements that make them more nimble. “The steering system updates is what is going to help for those soft soil conditions: it’s going to help for obstacle maneuverability and it’s going to make sure, in field, you can maneuver as you like.”(see interview below)
These changes come as a result of steering circuit changes and the recalibrated steering sensitivity.
Another nice feature for this year is that both the fuel tank and the Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) tank are larger. The DEF tank goes to 25.3 L and the fuel tank to 803 L. The DEF tank has also been moved to the same location as the fuel tank fill, which will make filling easier and quicker. Turner says “Now, operators have both diesel and DEF fill locations at a common point on the tractor and faster DEF refills because of the elimination of the transfer tube.”